Franz-Josef Selig has established himself on the international scene as one of the best-known serious bass baritones. He regularly gives guest performances as Gurnemanz, King Marke, Sarastro, Rocco, Osmin, Daland, Fiesco and Fasolt at all the world’s major opera houses (such as the Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Teatro Real Madrid, the Parisian opera houses or the Metropolitan Opera New York) and at prestigious festivals such as the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festival and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Opera productions as well as concerts bring him together frequently with renowned orchestras and conductors, such as James Levine, Christian Thielemann, Sir Simon Rattle, Marek Janowski, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nezét-Séguin, Antonio Pappano, Phillipe Jordan, Zubin Mehta and many others.

Bass singer Franz-Josef Selig first studied church music at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne before taking voice classes under Claudio Nicolai. At the beginning of his career he was a member of the Aalto Theatre ensemble in Essen. He has since been a freelance singer.

Interesting activities in the 2017/18 season include operatic performances as King Arkel (Pelléas et Mélisande) in Bochum and Paris as well as Seneca in a new production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Berliner Staatsoper, as Daland (Wagner: The flying dutchman) at the Baverian Staatsoper Munich and as Gurnemanz (Wagner: Parsifal) with the Berlin Philharmonic under with Sir Simon Rattle and as Sarastro (Mozart: The Magic Flute) with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Festspiele Baden Baden. On the concert stage Franz-Josef Selig sings Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with C. Thielemann and under S. Rattle a concertant Parsifal in the Philharmonie Berlin.

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